It's not hard to see that Smiley, a golden retriever born with dwarfism and without eyes, has a unique and inspirational way of helping others in need.
The 12-year-old therapy dog in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, had his eye sockets sewn shut to prevent infection, giving him an eternal smile that young and old have come to love.
Smiley was rescued from a puppy mill when he was about 1 year old by his current owner Joanne George. George noticed that people were drawn to the pooch, and knew he would be a great therapy dog. Because Smiley is blind, his other senses like smell and hearing (and maybe even love) are much more highly tuned and sensitive than a fully sighted canine.
So for the last seven years, Smiley has spent hours every day sitting besides children with special needs as they learn to read, visiting patients at retirement homes and nursing homes, brightening people's days at hospitals and funerals, and working as St. John's Ambulance service dog.
Smiley has changed hundreds of lives by teaching people that moving past a disability is possible. They see what the dog has overcome and, more importantly, that he's happy.
"No matter where a dog starts from or how broken they may seem, they're not," George said. "If you let them, they can recover and then can do so much more. Just look at Smiley."